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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/3/2014

October 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Agency of the Year: Lakewood Wins National Contest

TASER International and PoliceOne announced this week that the Lakewood Police Department won “Agency of the Year” in its RISE Awards competition . Judges received more than 150 nominations nationwide for three award categories: Protect Life, Leadership and Agency of the Year. The RISE Awards are intended to highlight “the countless positive stories within law enforcement across North America,” according to the company’s website. In its comments, judges recognized the Lakewood Police Department – which took its first patrols in 2004, eight years after Lakewood became a city – for its “remarkable policing efforts, which has led to a 12-percent drop in person, property and society crimes in the last year.” Full story here: http://goo.gl/Z60uxG .

John Simpson Speaks at Pierce College

This week, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson and state Rep. Tami Green spoke to about 100 Pierce College students in celebration of Constitution Day. Simpson, who teaches at Pierce College, gave historical context into the origins of the U.S. Constitution.

Lake Louise Boat Ramp

The Lake Louise boat ramp located off of Melody Lane Southwest in Lakewood will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays Oct. 6 through Dec. 7 while crews work on the sanitary sewer pump station located next to the ramp. Property owners who store their boats on the lake and those who launch from this ramp should plan accordingly. The portion of Melody Lane Southwest in front of the pump station will be closed to traffic 24 hours a day Oct. 6 through Dec. 7. Pedestrian access along Melody Lane Southwest will be available during the work. Full story here: http://goo.gl/AVVAFk .

WSDOT Bike, Pedestrian Count

Fall is here, and it's time once again for the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project . This week, volunteers stood at key intersections in cities around the state - including Lakewood - to count bicyclists and pedestrians as they rode and walked by. Last year, the state counted more than 66,000 bikes and pedestrians. This important project helps the state collect valuable bicycle and pedestrian data that informs state policy. Community participation is vital to the success of this project. Sign up to be a volunteer and encourage your friends to do the same.

Work on Interstate 5

Work that requires Interstate 5 to be reduced to one lane that’s redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange has been postponed. The work had been scheduled to occur Thursday and Friday nights, Oct. 2-3. A new date for the work will be announced as it is scheduled. The work was rescheduled due to delays in receiving necessary supplies and materials needed for that phase of construction.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Recognizing 2014-2015 Stormwater Outreach Calendar Winners
  • Proclamation DV Awareness month – Ms. Karin White, Deputy Director, YWCA
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax collection
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Appointing members to Arts Commission
  • Presentation of the Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget

The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., beginning at the parking lot to the right of the main gain at Camp Murray.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Executive Conference Room 3A, at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015 Legislative Agenda
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of proposed 2015 fee schedule amendments
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (City Council, City Manager, Finance & Administrative Services, Parks, Rec & Comm Svcs, Public Works)

The City Council may be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/26/2014

Sept. 26, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop

The City of Lakewood has posted a video from its Community Visioning Workshop on its YouTube page: http://goo.gl/DF1AgR .

The event took place Sept. 23, 2014 at the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City is undergoing its Community Vision Plan process, which will help shape what the community looks like in the future. As part of the process, the City held the workshop to hear directly from residents. At the workshop, almost 100 attendees gathered in groups and, using pieces on a map, pieced together how Lakewood should grow and develop.

The Lakewood City Council is scheduled to get an update on the Community Vision Plan in October.

Living History Day

Looking for something to do this weekend? Saturday will be "Living History Day" at Fort Steilacoom Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort Steilacoom will come alive as re-enactors live and work as soldiers, officers, wives and friends. Visit Historic Fort Steilacoom‘s Quarters 1-4 to see living history. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/C6Kcdk .

Cyclocross at Fort Steilacoom Park

Looking for something else to do this weekend? MFG Cyclocross is holding its "South Sound Super Prestige" bicycle race at Fort Steilacoom Park on Sunday.

According to the MFG Cyclocross website, “The course starts fast down the pavement and turns back north for a few turns in the field before turning back south and up a paved road. As the pavement tops out there is little respite as an uneven dirt road soon turns upward, steadily climbing. A right turn brings a downhill on loose gravel, followed by a left turn on leveler paths lead to a steeper descent to the valley floor. It’s then a flat somewhat circuitous route back to the finish.”

The races are scheduled to take place throughout the day, with the first races beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the final races beginning at 2:30 p.m. To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/62c92C .

Fort Steilacoom Park Assault Suspect

The Lakewood Police Department continues to look for a suspect who assaulted a woman Friday at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Friday, a woman was grabbed from behind by an unknown man armed with a gun while in the park. The man grabbed the 52-year-old victim’s shirt from behind. When she turned around, she noticed he was armed with a gun. The woman screamed, and the man pushed her down and ran off.

Detectives continue to investigate and have released this sketch of the suspect. Find out more here: http://goo.gl/hFmFVD .

Economic Development

Department of Defense Grant

Governor Jay Inslee’s Office confirmed this week that Washington State has received a $4.3 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the state’s defense industry. The funding, from the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment’s Defense Industry Adjustment program, is matched by more than $500,000 in state and local dollars through the newly-formed Washington Military Alliance . The alliance was convened by the governor to prepare for military downsizing and includes a diverse group of military and defense stakeholders that represent industry, veteran, workforce and economic development interests across the state.

This is very good news for our region, as many military contractors for Joint Base Lewis-McChord do business right here in Lakewood. Read more here: http://goo.gl/84CFmv .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Recognizing 2014-2015 Stormwater Outreach Calendar Winners
  • Proclamation DV Awareness month – Ms. Karin White, Deputy Director, YWCA
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax collection
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Appointing members to Arts Commission
  • Presentation of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget
  • Review of funding policies. Six-Year Financial Forecast (2015-2020)

The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., beginning at the parking lot to the right of the main gain at Camp Murray.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Executive Conference Room 3A, at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015 Legislative Agenda
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions
  • Review of Springbrook Park Phase III, Neighborhood Connection, Funding Request
  • Review of Point Defiance Bypass Rail Safety
  • Review of Western State Hospital Community Policing Program Funding

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of proposed 2015 fee schedule amendments
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (City Council, City Manager, Finance & Administrative Services, Parks, Rec & Comm Svcs, Public Works)

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/12/2014

September 12, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

'Lakewood Connections' Newsletter

The Fall edition of the City's official newsletter, "Lakewood Connections," will begin arriving in mailboxes this week. Highlights include the Lakewood Police Department's first Officer of the Year, an article on the Community Vision Plan and a feature on the Original House of Donuts. Look for it.

Mayor Anderson, Judge Blinn at Clover Park Rotary

On Sept. 10, Mayor Don Anderson gave a "State of the City" presentation at the Roary Club of Clover Park meeting at Carr's Restaurant. In addition, Judge Grant Blinn of the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom was officially recognized as a club member.

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center. That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process! This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan. To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop. [link = https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lakewood9-23-14 ] For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us/visionplan .

Lee Family Nursery School Visit

On Sept. 10, Community Service Officer Gail Conelly and visited with students and staff at Lee Family Nursery School. According to owners Maureen and Mike Lee: "The kids loved it! It was an amazing first circle time and our first visit from a member of our community. Our kids are so young, but they got the message loud and clear. Police officers are here to help us and keep us safe"

Lakewood Community Collaboration

On Sept. 9, Elizabeth Scheid, Senior Activity Center Coordinator, presented to the Lakewood Community Collaboration. The monthly topic was on senior citizen well-being. She was joined by other panelists from Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disabilities Resources and Good Samaritan Hospital. The Lakewood Community Collaboration meets every second Wednesday (9:30 am) of the month at Lakewood City Hall. For more information about future topics and activities please contact Karmel Shields: kshields@cityoflakewood.us

West Pierce Fire & Rescue 9/11 Ceremony

At 7 a.m., Sept. 11, in honor of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, West Pierce Fire & Rescue held a remembrance ceremony at Station 20 in Lakewood. The ceremony paid tribute to the 2,977 victims killed in 2001. Of those victims, 343 were firefighters, 60 were police officers and 55 were military personnel. Get the full story here: http://goo.gl/iMUIYn .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Ms. Earlene Fantz
  • Proclamation declaring the month of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Repeal Chapter 9.24 of the Municipal Code and create Chapter 12A.17 relative to Local Improvement Districts
  • Adopt Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments
  • Bid award for Bridgeport Way 83rd to 75th St. street improvements
  • Adopt proposed indigent defense standards
  • Adopt financial policies
  • Approve South Sound 911 agreement
  • 2nd Quarter Financial Report (Briefing by the City Manager)

Following the regular City Council meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Authorizing an annual $20 vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 22, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint CDBG Citizens’ Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2015 CDBG & HOME funding policies

Presentation on Officer Involved Shootings

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/19/2014

September 19, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Vehicle Licensing Fee

On September 15, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District Board, voted to enact a $20 vehicle license fee beginning in March that will help pay for millions of dollars in much-needed improvements to street and transportation projects throughout the community. The City Council authorized the annual fee on a 6-1 vote.

The vehicle licensing fee is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The City will also pay $5.06 million out of its general fund that will be identified in the 2015-16 budget biennium, combining for a total of $9.14 million. That revenue - along with revenue generated from sources such as the real estate excise tax, motor vehicle fuel tax and grants – will end up giving Lakewood residents nearly $15.6 million worth of much-needed improvements to City streets and roads between 2015 and 2020.

To learn more about Vehicle Licensing Fee, along witha list of vehicles it applies to, visit http://goo.gl/97Cu8e .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Employees Play Part in 'Day of Caring'

On Friday, several City of Lakewood employees participated in the United Way of Pierce County's annual "Day of Caring," which connects volunteers with local nonprofit organizations to complete projects that may not otherwise get done. Employees from the City of Lakewood helped pack food for the Emergency Food Bank. They were a well-oiled, volunteer machine, packing food that will be distributed to EFN's network of 60 food banks and four hot meal sites in Pierce County. All together, the City volunteers scooped, sacked and tied 6,710 pounds of beans, which totaled 3.4 tons to make 15,000 cups equaling 8,387 meals for area families. Great work everyone! To view a photo gallery of today's packing, visit our Facebook page .

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center. That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process! This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan. To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop. [link = https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lakewood9-23-14 ] For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us/visionplan .

Toxic Algae Bloom at American Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in American Lake. The lake is unsafe for people and pets in areas with algae.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake. Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention. To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/zo0dIX .

Police Arrest Two Suspects After Attempted Bank Robbery

Lakewood Police Officers have arrested a husband and wife who allegedly tried, unsuccessfully, to rob a Lakewood bank earlier this week, thanks to great work by investigators.

Brittney Winston, 26, was arrested about 1 p.m., Thursday at her residence in Parkland and taken into custody. She was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree robbery.

Michael David Winston II, 27, is at a Tacoma hospital, recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during the attempted robbery, and is currently under the guard of Lakewood Police Officers. When he is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Pierce County Jail on the same charge.

The Lakewood Police Department had been searching for Brittany Winston since Monday, when she is accused of trying to help her husband rob a Bank of America branch. According to LPD, Michael Winston pulled a gun on an armored car driver demanding money. The armored car driver instead shot the suspect multiple times in self defense, the driver told Police. Winston ran out of the bank to a car, where his wife was waiting, according to authorities.

Lakewood Police Detectives say Brittney Winston drove her husband to the Tacoma hospital.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 22, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint CDBG Citizens’ Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2015 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Presentation on Officer Involved Shootings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Recognizing 2014-2015 Stormwater Outreach Calendar Winners
  • Proclamation DV Awareness month – Ms. Karin White, Deputy Director, YWCA
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax levy
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Appointing members to Arts Commission
  • Review of funding policies. Six-Year Financial Forecast (2015-2020)
  • Presentation of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget

The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., beginning at the parking lot to the right of the main gain at Camp Murray.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Executive Conference Room 3A, at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015 legislative agenda

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/5/2014

September 5, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center. That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process! This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan. To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop. [link = https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lakewood9-23-14 ] For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us/visionplan .

RallyPoint/6 Grand Opening

On Sept. 3, representatives from the City of Lakewood, along with 350 or so other people, joined the crew at Rallypoint/6 for its official grand opening celebration.

RallyPoint/6 is a resource center for military service members, veterans and their families who are transitioning into civilian life, something that will only become more important as the military shifts and downsizes operations. The center was founded by current CEO Anne M. Sprute, CW4 (Ret.).

Its board includes officials from the City of Lakewood, including Mayor Don Anderson, former Mayors Bill Harrison and Doug Richardson (currently Pierce County Councilman), and former Police Chief Larry Saunders, Board member who also served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Other speakers from the ceremony included I Corps Commander LTG Stephen Lanza, Col. (Ret.) David Sutherland (Co-Founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center) and Lourdes "Alfie" Alvarado-Ramos, Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs Director.

After the ceremony - which included invocation, raising of the American Flag, a singing of the National Anthem and ribbon-cutting - visitors toured the 6,000-square-foot center. It includes:

  • Resource room with computer stations
  • Commercial-grade copier/printer and fax machine
  • 10 private meeting rooms
  • 16 community partner connector stations staffed by social service professionals.
  • Classroom for workshops and other learning opportunities

To view a photo gallery of the ceremony, visit http://goo.gl/h74170 .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue 9/11 Ceremonies

In honor of the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, West Pierce Fire & Rescue will hold two brief public ceremonies in remembrance of the 2,977 victims killed on that date in 2001. Of those victims, 343 were firefighters, 60 were police officers and 55 were military personnel.

A morning ceremony will be held at 7 a.m., at Station 20 in Lakewood located at 10928 Pacific Hwy. SW. An evening ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., at Station 31 in University Place, located at 3631 Drexler Dr. W. Coffee and light refreshments will be served following both events. The public is encouraged to attend one or both of these events.

These ceremonies are one small way for us to not only remember those 2,977 victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in a meadow in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but also to honor fire, police, and military first responders who serve and protect our families, our communities, and our nation, at home and abroad.

WSDOT Paving on I-5 in Lakewood Continues

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to repave sections of southbound Interstate 5 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday, Sept. 6. During those night hours, I-5 will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and several on- and off-ramps will be closed. Similar closures have caused significant congestion on I-5 and motorists are advised to avoid the area or plan accordingly.

Sections of I-5 will be ground and paved between Berkeley Street and just south of the JBLM Main Gate at milepost 120.3.

In addition, crews will continue to install conduit along I-5 between Berkeley Street and State Route 512. This work will require some single-lane and overnight ramp closures within the work zone. The following is the ramp closure schedule. Note that on Tuesday night, motorists will not be able to access either direction of I-5 from Berkeley Street.

Here are the ramp closures Friday and Saturday:

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m
  • Bridgeport Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Council Recognition

At its Sept. 2 Regular Meeting, the City Council recognized the members of its Youth Council, as well as read a proclamation for the TREE Program and CEO Stephanie Cholmondeley. Check out the above pictures.

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for "Coffee with the Mayor" on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center. Our guest speaker will be CPT. Kenneth Coleman, 2-2 SBCT who will provide an update on the 2-2 Lancer Brigade, familiarization and current state. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. Mayor Anderson hopes to see you there! No RSVP is needed.

Two Farmers Markets Left

The Lakewood Farmers Market is entering the final two weeks of the season, and if you haven't visited yet, you should. Even if you visited earlier this summer, you still should stop by to see some of the vendors that have joined just in the last few weeks. This is also a great chance to revisit some of your favorite vendors. The Lakewood Farmers Market runs every Tuesday through Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 8, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Amendment to Multi-Family Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Title 9 Criminal Code amendments to move LIDs to Title 12A Public Works
  • Review of South Sound 911 agreement
  • Review of proposed indigent defense standards
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Ms. Earlene Fantz
  • Proclamation declaring the month of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt Title 9 Criminal Code amendments to move LIDs to Title 12A Public Works
  • Adopt Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments
  • Adopt amendment to Multi-Family Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Bid award for Bridgeport Way 83rd to 75th St. street improvements
  • Adopt proposed indigent defense standards
  • Adopt financial policies
  • Approve South Sound 911 agreement
  • 2nd Quarter Financial Report (Briefing by the City Manager)

Following the regular City Council meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Authorizing an annual $20 vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects